Li, Qi and Shu: An Introduction to Science and Civilization in China

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Courier Corporation, 2000 - Science - 262 pages
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Fascinating introduction to traditional Chinese concepts permeates every field of mental endeavor, from literature to astrology to mathematics. Lengthy discussions of li, qi, shu, yin, yang, wuxing, and yijing. Additional chapters consider Chinese mathematics, astronomy and astrology, alchemy, magic, elixirs, and the search for immortality.
 

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Contents

U a Qi ft and Shu ft
3
The Concepts of Yin ft and Yang ft and Wuxing Aff
11
Wuxing and Their Mutual Relationships
18
Some Applications of Numbers and Wuxing
25
The System of Yijing
34
The Binary System and the Xiantian and Houtian Orders
46
Part Two Chinese Mathematics
53
Early Chinese Mathematics
55
Chinese Astronomy from the SpringandAutumn Period to the Han Dynasty
121
The Cosmological Schools
126
Stars and Constellations in Chinese Astrology
131
Chinese Astronomical Records
150
Calendrical Science
153
Yixing and Astronomy in Tang China
159
The Heyday of Chinese Astronomy
164
Magic and Early Ideas of Immortality
173

Mathematics in the Han Period
63
Mathematics Between the Second and Fifth Centuries
71
Mathematics in Tang and Song China
82
The Golden Age of Chinese Mathematics
86
The End of the Golden Age of Chinese Mathematics
97
The Decline of Chinese Mathematics and the Coming of the Jesuits
105
Eighteenth and NineteenthCentury Chinese Mathematics
110
Part Three Chinese Astronomy
113
The Beginning of Chinese Astronomy
117
The Golden Age of Chinese Alchemy
180
Alchemy in Mediaeval China
188
Alchemy and the Literati in Song China
195
Laboratory Equipment
204
The Final Curtain of Chinese Alchemy
210
Appendix Romanization Conversion Tables
219
Bibliography
230
Index
238
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